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“This was in the first batch of songs, and it came pretty easily. It’s probably the most beautiful song on the album. It’s reflective. It’s the end of the journey, and it’s got the long outro. Originally, we were going to fade it out, but it has such power the way it is that we decided against it.
“We were always thinking of holding the drums off until after the first chorus. Neil is doing side stick – a really nice dynamic.
“The chameleon of rock, Alex Lifeson, wrote a really gorgeous piano part and demoed it. We had one of Geddy’s really good friends [Jason Sniderman] come in and play it for real on a nice, beautiful Steinway.
“That’s the demo guitar solo. What you’re hearing is Alex by himself. He’s at Geddy’s house, it’s late at night – I think Geddy was sleeping on the couch – and he’s just playing a guitar solo. When you get something that great, it’s not a demo anymore. There wasn’t even a discussion to try to do it again. It’s up there with the solo to Limelight.”